Tween Reviews – Volume 1

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My 11-year-old daughter has joined the reviewing club! It started with a few advance review copies that I didn’t have time for, and now she’s excited to write reviews for more of the books she reads. Honestly, though, I think we need way more kid reviewers since they are the intended audience for these books! There are so many that I read and don’t love, but kids gobble them up. These tween reviews will be in photo format since that is how this started – on Instagram! Enjoy!

Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams
(Harper Collins – February 28, 2017)
REVIEW COPY: Provided by publisher


Grandpa is Jack’s favorite person in the world. It doesn’t matter that he wears his slippers to the supermarket, serves Spam a la Custard for dinner, and often doesn’t remember Jack’s name. But then Grandpa starts to believe he’s back in World War II, when he was a Spitfire fighter pilot, and he’s sent to live in an old folk’s home run by the sinister Matron Swine. Now it’s up to Jack to help Grandpa plot a daring escape!



The Forgetting Spell by Lauren Myracle
(Katherine Tegen Books – April 4, 2017)
REVIEW COPY: Provided by publisher

I reviewed the first book in this series Wishing Day in an earlier review post.


Most people in Willow Hill think Darya is the prickliest of the Blok sisters. What they don’t realize is that on the inside, Darya is soft and gooey from feeling everything, all the time. When Darya turns thirteen, the goo gets stickier—and as Darya’s Wishing Day approaches, all she wants is to forget the silly tradition ever existed.

Except . . . she can’t. Ten years ago, a wish made by Darya’s mother splintered their family into pieces. Last year, Darya’s sister Natasha wished for their broken mother to return. The past is something you’re supposed to leave behind. Which is why Darya has locked and sealed her most painful memories inside the far corners of her mind, where they can no longer hurt her.

But when some of them begin to leak out, Darya realizes the decision about what to wish for—and what not to wish for—is probably the most important choice of her life.



Andre the Giant by Box Brown
(First Second – May 6, 2014)
REVIEW COPY: Purchased with own funds from Mackin at TeenLitCon

We got to meet this author/artist and the reviewer had the chance to work with him in a small group session at TeenLitCon this past weekend! She had already read and loved his book  Tetris and was very excited to read and review this one, which she did during the course of our 3 hour drive home.


Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.

Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.


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IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN REVIEWS BY THE TWEEN’S MOM – Find me on Goodreads for ALL of the middle grade, YA and adult books I read. All of my picture book reviews are on my Instagram ~ would love to see you there as well!

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